Childhood skin cancer syndromes
Australia has the highest rate of skin cancer in the world. Melanoma is the most common cancer in Australian adolescents. However, there are no existing clinical services for the diagnosis and management of paediatric, adolescent, and genetic skin cancer in Australia.
There are several genetic disorders which increase the risk of skin cancer in childhood and adolescence, with substantial negative consequences. New research being conducted by Sydney Children's Hospital and UNSW Sydney aims to identify the psychosocial impacts and supportive care needs of children and their carers, with a skin cancer diagnosis or a genetic skin cancer syndrome.
This information is essential to develop tailored comprehensive clinical services to address not only the medical diagnosis and treatment needs of paediatric skin cancer patients, but also their supportive care needs.